'The Briars' is full of history and charm. Located in one of the most desirable areas of Mount Desert Island. With it's expansive lawn, beautiful gardens overlooking Bald Porcupine Island and the breakwater, you have privacy, access to The Shore Path and can walk in to Bar Harbor and enjoy all the largest town on the island has to offer.
The Briars is remains of The Briar Estate, built by J. Montgomery Sears in 1881. The main estate was torn down in 1968 and the servant quarters, now The Briars, is one of the original buildings designed by the famous shingle-style architect William Ralph Emerson.
The John D. Rockerfeller family stayed at The Briars in 1908 and 1909 and it was the birthplace of Nelson Rockerfeller in 1908.
The second homeowners were Ned and Evelyn Walsh McLean the proud owners of the 45.52 carat Hope Diamond.
This cottage has a reverse living floor plan with two bedrooms on the entry level. One with a King size bed, one with a queen and a shared full size bathroom with tub and shower. There is a washer dryer on this level. On the second floor is the open living/dining area with the beautiful views of the gardens, yard and ocean. There is an updated kitchen with a small breakfast table that seats four. Also on the upper level is the third bedroom with two twin beds and a half bath.
There is a steep staircase so may be not be suitable for people with trouble walking or for young children.